Alberta’s first Amazon robotics warehouse will be opening in the Edmonton area, creating more than a thousand full and part-time jobs.
Via a new press release released Monday, the e-commerce giant announced that it would be constructing a massive 600,000 square-foot fulfillment centre in Parkland County. The automated warehouse, slated to open in 2022, will be used to pick, pack, and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics, and toys.
This will be the second fulfillment centre in Alberta, with the first being in the Calgary area.
“We’re excited to expand our operations and create great, safe careers of the future for talented Albertans starting on Day One,” said Vibhore Arora, Regional Director, Amazon Canada. “Robotics and advanced technologies make our fulfillment centres safer and more collaborative, which is a big part of our mission to become Earth’s Safest Place to Work.”
The company says the warehouse will create more than 1,000 full- and part-time jobs.
“This is exciting news for Alberta. It is a vote of confidence in our economy, and will create over a thousand jobs for Albertans, right when we need them most. As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, high-tech investments like this will continue to get people back to work as we diversify and look towards the future,” said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.
Amazon also announced it would be donating more than 200 robot kits to community groups in the Parkland Count area to encourage continued learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).